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Scottish Premiership: Kilmarnock v St Johnstone

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Highlights: Kilmarnock 2-0 St Johnstone

Kilmarnock climbed to fifth in the Premiership with a commanding victory over 10-man St Johnstone.

Jordan Jones was the game's central figure, tormenting the Perth side with his pace and trickery.

Jones was brought down by Aaron Comrie for the penalty that led to Kris Boyd opening the scoring from the spot.

The visitors' Jason Kerr was sent off for bringing Jones down, then Lee Erwin doubled Kilmarnock's advantage after the break.

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright was unhappy with some of the decisions of referee Willie Collum, who approached the visitors' dugout during the first half to speak to Wright.

Kilmarnock's Jordan Jones is fouled by St Johnstone's Aaron Comrie
Jordan Jones was fouled by Aaron Comrie for the penalty that led to the game's opening goal

Kilmarnock are now unbeaten in their last nine home games, and their last eight games overall, while St Johnstone sit in eighth place following a run of one win in their last six games.

Wright's side subdued an early Kilmarnock flurry and looked strong in possession, creating a couple of reasonable opportunities. Yet that opening flattered to deceive the visitors.

The main threat to St Johnstone was Jones, who was direct and pacy; at times, the winger was devastating.

He turned out to be the key to Kilmarnock's latest home victory, although St Johnstone did contribute to their own downfall.

The pivotal moment arrived on the half-hour mark, when Jones gathered on the left just inside the box.

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright and Kilmarnock's Jordan Jones
St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright was unhappy with Kilmarnock's Jordan Jones during the game

He drew Comrie in and with a rapid double flick of the ball, provoked a late challenge which Collum deemed worthy of a penalty. It seemed a straightforward decision, although Wright clearly disagreed on the touchline.

Boyd duly slammed the ball home for his 18th goal of an increasingly prolific season for the veteran striker.

Tempers flared shortly after when Jones was on the receiving end of an overly robust challenge from Comrie which earned the St Johnstone defender a yellow card.

Wright seemed to suggest a dive, which caused a reaction from the Kilmarnock player and raised the home fans' noise levels.

They didn't recede much afterwards, with Rugby Park transformed recently into a joyous, positive environment in which winning football games has begun to seem routine.

Kilmarnock's Jordan Jones is brought down by St Johnstone's Jason Kerr
Jones was brought down by Jason Kerr in the first-half, which led to the St Johnstone defender's dismissal

Decibels peaked once again when Chris Millar lost possession cheaply in midfield to Jones. The winger skipped away and was unceremoniously clipped by Kerr, who was ordered off. It was effectively the end of the contest.

Erwin then fired off the post, with Aaron Tshibola's stunning long-range drive into the net from the rebound denied by an offside flag against Boyd, who seemed to be in a position that interfered with St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus's line of sight.

Erwin would not be denied. Midway through the second half, he cut inside on the right and curled a lovely left-foot shot inside the far post after great build-up play.

St Johnstone had no answer and the only surprise was that there were no further goals conceded.

For Kilmarnock, Steve Clarke seems to have emphatically delivered his main target already: there's no chance of relegation now.

Kilmarnock's Lee Erwin scores against St Johnstone
Lee Erwin scored Kilmarnock's second goal with a left-foot finish following a fine attacking move

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1MacDonald
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 5BroadfootBooked at 70mins
  • 17Findlay
  • 12TaylorSubstituted forSimpsonat 84'minutes
  • 27Tshibola
  • 8Dicker
  • 6Power
  • 11JonesSubstituted forFrizzellat 79'minutes
  • 22Erwin
  • 9BoydSubstituted forBrophyat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McKenzie
  • 16Boyd
  • 20Wilson
  • 21Frizzell
  • 25Brophy
  • 26Simpson
  • 32Fasan

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 14ComrieBooked at 33mins
  • 15KerrBooked at 42mins
  • 5Shaughnessy
  • 3Tanser
  • 4Alston
  • 7MillarSubstituted forMcCleanat 67'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 8Davidson
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forJohnstoneat 45'minutes
  • 25KaneSubstituted forGordonat 44'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Clark
  • 17Johnstone
  • 20McClean
  • 23Gordon
  • 26Craig
  • 28Willock
  • 37McCann
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
3,807

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home20
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 2, St. Johnstone 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 2, St. Johnstone 0.

Attempt missed. Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by David Wotherspoon.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Aaron Simpson replaces Greg Taylor.

Attempt missed. Lee Erwin (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Joe Shaughnessy.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Adam Frizzell replaces Jordan Jones because of an injury.

Foul by Alan Power (Kilmarnock).

Scott Tanser (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Kyle McClean (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle McClean (St. Johnstone).

Foul by Aaron Tshibola (Kilmarnock).

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Aaron Tshibola (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Scott Tanser.

Attempt blocked. Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Booking

Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock).

Denny Johnstone (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Eamonn Brophy replaces Kris Boyd.

Foul by Aaron Tshibola (Kilmarnock).

Kyle McClean (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Kyle McClean replaces Chris Millar.

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Liam Gordon (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Stuart Findlay.

Attempt missed. Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 2, St. Johnstone 0. Lee Erwin (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alan Power.

Attempt missed. Lee Erwin (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

Liam Gordon (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Lee Erwin (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic28197256183864
2Rangers29184759322758
3Aberdeen28164843331052
4Hibernian2813964032848
5Kilmarnock28101083636040
6Hearts2991282927239
7Motherwell28105133437-335
8St Johnstone2886142542-1730
9Dundee2884163043-1328
10Hamilton2675143648-1226
11Partick Thistle2866162647-2124
12Ross County2856172948-1921
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